Let’s Talk Grad School Series Summary

We are pleased to share a recap of our recent Let’s Talk Grad School series held during the Fall & Spring semesters. These events focused on supporting graduate students in navigating the challenges of academia and fostering a strong community within our university. 

Navigating LGBTQIA+ Identities in Grad School [RECORDING]

April 17, 2024

In collaboration with The Pride Center, this session explored diversity and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ students in graduate studies. UMBC McNair alums shared their experiences, shedding light on the unique challenges and opportunities within the LGBTQIA+ community in academia.
Key topics discussed during the event included:

  1. Diversity and Inclusion: Panelists shed light on the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive environment within graduate programs, where individuals of all identities feel valued, respected, and supported in their academic pursuits.
  2. Navigating Challenges: Attendees had the opportunity to engage in candid discussions about the unique challenges and obstacles faced by LGBTQIA+ graduate students, from navigating institutional policies to confronting discrimination and bias in academic settings.
  3. Building Supportive Networks: The event emphasized the significance of building strong support networks within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond. Panelists shared strategies for finding allies, seeking out mentorship opportunities, and fostering a sense of belonging within the academic environment.

Finding Community and Networking in Grad School [RECORDING]

February 7, 2024

This event centered on the importance of building supportive networks during graduate school. Through panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, attendees gained valuable insights into effective communication, relationship-building strategies, and the transformative impact of mentorship and peer support.

Key topics discussed during the event included:

  1. The Power of Community: Attendees were reminded of the transformative impact of surrounding oneself with a supportive network of peers, mentors, and professionals. Discussions centered on strategies for establishing and nurturing these vital connections, emphasizing the role they play in both academic and personal growth.
  2. Effective Networking Strategies: Panelists shared valuable insights into the art of networking, offering practical advice on how to navigate professional relationships and forge meaningful connections within one’s field. Attendees learned about the importance of effective communication, strategic outreach, and cultivating authentic relationships in building a successful career.
  3. Mentorship and Peer Support: The event underscored the value of mentorship and peer support in fostering academic excellence and personal development. Through panel discussions and interactive workshops, participants gained a deeper understanding of the profound impact that mentorship can have on shaping their graduate school experience.

Financing Grad School [RECORDING]

November 14, 2023

Our event addressed the financial aspects of graduate education, exploring funding options within institutions and through external fellowships. Panelists, including Griselda Flores and Jacquelyn Strickland, shared valuable insights alongside UMBC McNair alumni Brian Hipsley and Diane Stonestreet, offering practical advice on navigating the costs of graduate studies. 

 Key topics discussed during the event included: 

  1.  Funding Options: The event discussed various funding options available for graduate education, including opportunities within institutions and external fellowships. 
  2. Navigating Costs: Panelists provided practical advice on navigating the costs associated with graduate studies, offering strategies for managing expenses and maximizing funding opportunities.
  3. Financial Resources: Participants learned about accessing financial resources to support their graduate education journey, including scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid.

Exploring Research in Grad School [RECORDING]

October 4, 2023

This session delved into the world of research, discussing its significance, methodologies, and its relevance beyond academia. Expert panelists, including Dr. Maria Sanchez, Dr. April Householder, Dr. Earl Brooks, and Dr. Jennifer Mata-McMahon, engaged participants in illuminating discussions on research skills and its broader applications.

Key topics discussed during the event included:  

  1. Research Significance: The session explored the significance of research in graduate school, discussing its role in advancing knowledge, driving innovation, and solving real-world problems. 
  2. Research Methodologies: Expert panelists engaged participants in discussions on research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods, experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Broader Applications: Participants gained insights into the broader applications of research skills beyond academia, including their relevance in industry, government, non-profit organizations, and other professional settings. 

As we continue to support the growth and success of our graduate student community, we encourage all students to take advantage of these resources and engage actively in building a supportive and inclusive academic environment.